#1Beitragvon Handrij » Montag 14. Februar 2011, 22:37
The Orange Revolution Betrayed
By Yulia Tymoshenko
From snowy Kiev, I have watched the revolutions in Cairo and Tunis with joy and admiration. Egyptians and Tunisians are right to be proud of their desire to peacefully overthrow despotic governments. But as someone who led a peaceful revolution, I hope that pride is tempered by pragmatism because a change of regime is only the first step in establishing a democracy backed by the rule of law. Indeed as Ukraine is now demonstrating, after revolutionary euphoria fades and normality returns, democratic revolutions can be betrayed and reversed.
The first of Ukraine’s lessons for Egyptian and Tunisian democrats is that elections alone do not make a democracy. After all, what if the enemies of freedom use elections to entrench their anti-
democratic agendas? What if elements of the old regime or the cadres of militant minorities only pretend to embrace democratic norms in order to hijack the new democracy?
Yulia Tymoshenko's comment published in the Feb. 7 issue of The Moscow Times titled "The Orange Revolution Betrayed" clearly revealed Tymoshenko's most striking character trait: She is a born revolutionary.
"A revolution has a start, yet a revolution never ends" are the lines from a famous Communist march. These words sound very much like her political manifesto as well. Indeed, revolutions sometimes inevitably break out as the only way to fulfill society's overdue and neglected needs. But they can't and shouldn't burn forever. This is a simple truth that is oddly hard to realize for people who enter the political stage by revolutionary means, but become clueless and helpless once they have to construct something. Revolution is not a universal answer to every political problem, just like a defibrillator is not a universal healing to every health predicament. This has been very evident in Ukraine during the five years of Orange rule.
Es war ein ungewöhnliches Rededuell: Vor Tausenden Zuhörern haben sich die beiden ukrainischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten im Olympiastadion von Kiew einen Schlagabtausch geliefert - natürlich ging es...